I’ve had a tough time of it getting back in the groove this spring after a long, cold, snowy, brutal winter around here. Frankly, I’d had enough running in the cold. I was over the whole Raynaud’s issue and the long post-run discomfort that goes with it. At least I kept up with the weight lifting all winter, which is helping me get back in the swing of things.
Another thing that helps is feeling motivated by other runners. Yesterday, for example, I felt tired and depressed and grumpy, and I knew that running would make me feel better. But I was tired, depressed, and grumpy.
Then my little sister posted on Facebook about her run. She was scheduled to run 9 miles. She ran 10. I texted her a photo of my tired, depressed, grumpy pre-run face as I headed off to run. It was not a good look for me. Then I got out there and ran 10 miles.
After running a 10 miler, I came home and cranked up AC/DC. And I felt much, much better.